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Genre: Historical Romance, Historical Fiction
Morgan, known for Passion, a novel about the Romantic poets, tackles the melodramatic lives of the composer Hector Berlioz and his wife/muse Irish actress, Harriet Smithson. Her portrait of their turbulent marriage includes details of the social and political backdrop of the era. Morgan's fine eye for history and character make for a haunting, memorable novel.
In 1827, Harriet Smithson joins an English Shakespearean acting troupe touring France where Berlioz worships her from afar. When they meet five years later, he fervently courts her and she is wooed into
Reviewed By: Kathe Robin
Publisher: St. Martin's
Published: December 2007